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Julian Edelman promotes Showtime documentary with star-studded trailer

Julian Edelman promotes Showtime documentary with star-studded trailer

The latest sign that Julian Edelman has become an NFL star? He's getting the documentary treatment.

The 73-minute film, titled "100%: Julian Edelman" will air Friday at 8 p.m. ET on Showtime and tracks the New England Patriots wide receiver from his season-ending knee injury in August 2017 to his remarkable comeback as Super Bowl LIII MVP.

It should be an exciting watch for Patriots fans, but those outside New England might be wondering why a guy who's never made a Pro Bowl is getting his own documentary.

Showtime and Edelman are one step ahead of you. Here's a trailer Edelman shared Monday that pokes fun of that very concept. (Warning: Contains NSFW language.)

Showtime enlisted a surprising amount of big names to appear in the documentary, from Tom Brady, Danny Amendola and Deion Sanders to actor Mark Wahlberg, rapper Snoop Dogg and comedian Bill Burr.

That's quite the star-studded group for a seventh-round draft pick out of Kent State back in 2009.

But Edelman has raised his profile immensely in recent years, becoming the best wide receiver on the NFL's most successful and recognizable team. And now he's following in Brady's footsteps (again) by taking his talents to the documentary scene.

Here's a look at Showtime's "real" trailer for the Edelman documentary:

 

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Patriots legend Richard Seymour opens up about poker career

Patriots legend Richard Seymour opens up about poker career

When athletes retire from the sport they've played their whole lives, it's natural for them to miss the competition. That feeling is no different for former Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour.

The Hall-of-Fame hopeful, though, has chosen a unique way to get the competitive juices flowing. On July 11, he finished an impressive 131st at the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas, taking home $59,295. 

"Once you’re done playing football you still have a competitive drive,” Seymour told Yahoo! Sports. “Poker is an outlet for me where I have a competitive drive, you have to be very cerebral. It requires a lot like it did for me in football – I have to be patient, I have to know how to pick my spots, pay attention to guys’ tendencies. It was just a natural progression after leaving sports at a high level.”

Seymour, according to Yahoo! Sports, learned how to play poker from his father and picked it up at a competitive level shortly after he retired from the NFL in 2012. In last week's WSOP, he peaked at $3.6 million. Seymour said he's used his Super Bowl ring as a chip holder to intimidate competitors at the poker table. He also said he takes advantage of his status as a football legend, often bluffing when opponents assume he'll be an aggressive player. 

“Some guys play me differently because they say, ‘If I knock Richard Seymour out it’s a cool story to tell my buddies’,” he said. “Which I don’t mind that, it just depends on how I’m feeling that day...“My temperament fits poker well; I’m naturally kind of reserved, I’m not super emotional one way or another, so if bad things happen, which they’re going to in poker, it’s about how do you respond?”

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Patriots involved in 3 of top-10 most-watched sporting events of 2019

Patriots involved in 3 of top-10 most-watched sporting events of 2019

Hate them or love them, America has watched the Patriots more than any other team — in any sport — in 2019.

According to sportsmediawatch.com, all 10 of the most-watched sporting events of 2019 were NFL games. No World Series, Stanley Cup Final or NBA Finals games made the list. Of the 10 highest-rated events, three of them included the Patriots. 

Unsurprisingly, the Super Bowl matchup between the Pats and Los Angeles Rams topped the list with more than 100 million viewers including online streams (in parentheses). Both New England's AFC Championship game against the Chiefs and its Division Round contest with the Chargers also cracked the top-10. 

The television ratings suggest that the NFL is still head-and-shoulders above other leagues in popularity, and the Patriots are leading the charge. 

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